The art produced by New York-based photographer Alessandro Simonetti represents a genre derived from punk, hardcore, hip-hop, and niche cultures, all of which have been witness by the photographer throughout his life. The Italian-born artist, whose work has been featured in publications such as Dazed, Rolling Stone, New York Times, GQ, and i-D, spent his youth fascinated with the street cultures of his childhood homes of Rome and Venice. Today Simonetti’s work is constantly shaped by these influences, as evident in his recent show, “A Great Youth,” presented at Saturdays NYC in Tokyo.
Simonetti shot the images for the show in 35-mm black-and-white film between Cuba, Rome, Venice, New York City, and Berlin over the span of nearly a decade. His sensibility toward niche culture and the hidden facades of society are traceable in each image, and the juxtaposition of subject and composition are intended to drive the viewer to a strong cultural reference of his youth. Simonetti also showcased a retrospective of printed matter, including “Il Clan Del Wu,” “Realease," and “Never Forget The Warriors.” In addition to photography, bookmaking and printed matter enable an extension of Simonetti’s visual content. His publications have been distributed internationally at Colette, Opening Ceremony, PS1 MOMA, and more.